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by dean.menezes
Mon Oct 12, 2015 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 17174

1589: "Frankenstein"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/frankenstein.png Alt text: "Wait, so in this version, Frankenstein is also the doctor's name?", "No, he's just 'The Doctor' " How can the monster be saying that the moon landings were faked when they haven't happened yet? Maybe there were some other f...
by dean.menezes
Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words common to different languages with different meanings
Replies: 69
Views: 33095

Re: Words common to different languages with different meani

phoque = seal and sounds like the f-word.
by dean.menezes
Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1069: "Alphabet"
Replies: 166
Views: 39025

Re: 1069: "Alphabet"

Yeah, we should have called them "wha" and "sen". The only problem then is: What would we do for rhymes with "heaven"?


Eleven, duh.
by dean.menezes
Sun May 13, 2012 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 64308

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Bad pun: The Maths panel demonstrates that mathematicians can get employment from the military, in the field of logistics . (At least, I think that cannonball trajectory's meant to be the bifurcation diagram of the logistic map ). People have known that since Shakespeare, who observed that Mr. Mich...
by dean.menezes
Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Literally, Really, Very, Truly, Seriously
Replies: 125
Views: 32700

Re: Literally, Really, Very, Truly, Seriously

goofy wrote:So "literally" is here used in its non-figurative sense. Where is the confusion?

"Le Médecin volant" is a play by Molière and literally could refer to letters i.e. literature.
by dean.menezes
Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 38080

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

Randall: Tu vois bien... ce n'est pas un mouton, c'est un bélier. Il a des cornes...

The XKCD readers have been deceived. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!
by dean.menezes
Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math GRE Subject Test
Replies: 10
Views: 8801

Re: Math GRE Subject Test

I didn't worry that much about the math when I took it - the schools I was looking at didn't seem to focus on the math too heavily, although they wanted high verbal and logic scores (this was back when you didn't do a written logic section). Your post seems to be referring to the Quantitative secti...
by dean.menezes
Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Should we make students memorize the quadratic formula?
Replies: 61
Views: 8868

Re: Should we make students memorize the quadratic formula?

What about solving quadratics using this method? a x^2 + bx + c = 0 (x - z_1) (x - z_2) = 0 z_1 + z_2 = -b/a z_1 * z_2 = c/a z_1^2 + z_2 ^2 + 2 z_1 z_2 = b^2 / a^2 z_1^2 + z_2^2 - 2 z_1 z_2 = (b^2 - 4ac) / a^2 (z_1 - z_2)^2 = (b^2 - 4ac) / a^2 z_1 - z_2 = \sqr...
by dean.menezes
Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:35 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The Language of Molière
Replies: 9
Views: 3181

The Language of Molière

My high school is doing things which suggest that they are trying to phase out French classes. They have already phased out German classes, and counselors are trying to convince students that French is "useless", "élitist", and "inapplicable". The school appears to be r...
by dean.menezes
Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Trick math problems?
Replies: 24
Views: 4245

Re: Trick math problems?

From a Russian math test: Solve the equation \sqrt{x+1}(4 - x^2) = 0 If you answer, "x = -1 or x = 2" you are marked wrong because it should be "x = -1 and x = 2". But if you answer "x = -1 and x = 2" you are marked wrong because it should be "x = -1 or x =...
by dean.menezes
Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 41265

Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

So you're trying to model making a webcomic ? Just model it as making a lolcat with corrections for drawing skills and math why does xkcd have a whole journal anyway? So you're trying to model the zeroes of the Riemann zeta function ? Just model it as shopping with corrections for being hard . Why d...
by dean.menezes
Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Really basic stuff that was never proven in class
Replies: 83
Views: 11141

Re: Really basic stuff that was never proven

Lemma 1 Let p be prime and a positive <p . Then no positive number b can be found less than p such that ab \equiv 0 \pmod{p} . Proof If the theorem is false, then we have numbers b, c, d, \ldots all <p such that ab \equiv 0 , ac \equiv 0 , ad \equiv 0, \ldots . Let b be the smallest of all of these ...
by dean.menezes
Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Really basic stuff that was never proven in class
Replies: 83
Views: 11141

Re: Really basic stuff that was never proven

Yeah, you go over to your nearest elementary school and try to prove that to them. And I think the fact that gcd(n,m)=1 -> (there exists r and s such that rn+sm=1) is much less elegant to show - if you can call the proof you gave elegant. Of course it seems trivial now, I just had trouble with the ...
by dean.menezes
Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Really basic stuff that was never proven in class
Replies: 83
Views: 11141

Re: Really basic stuff that was never proven

Divide the circle into [imath]n[/imath] sectors and make them into triangles. Then take the limit as the number of triangles approaches infinity.
by dean.menezes
Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Really basic stuff that was never proven in class
Replies: 83
Views: 11141

Re: Really basic stuff that was never proven

Fundamental theorem of arithmetic. :evil: I'd asked why it was true when I was six, I never got a satisfactory response. I got things like "Well, can you think of any examples?" and crap I like that. I had to wait until I got a book of number theory before I actually saw a proof. They wer...
by dean.menezes
Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A facebook joke.
Replies: 13
Views: 2814

Re: A facebook joke.

I think ε> (epsilon is greater than) looks more like a heart.
by dean.menezes
Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:41 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 485330

Re: Favorite math jokes

Why do they call it the center of the city?

Spoiler:
Because everyone commutes there.
by dean.menezes
Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Hating on the statisticians
Replies: 72
Views: 10066

Re: Hating on the statisticians

P.S. I have degrees in math and statistics. Sometimes I hate myself so much I go into a dark room and write poetry that overuses the words "Angst" and "Erdos". Poems or it didn't happen! Well at the very least he could create a haiku consisting soley of the words "angst&quo...
by dean.menezes
Thu May 27, 2010 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Looking for pointers with integration by parts
Replies: 8
Views: 1367

Re: Looking for pointers with integration by parts

From James Slagel's PhD thesis on "A heuristic program that solves symbolic integration problems in freshman calculus : symbolic automatic integrator: SAINT should give priority to partitions of the integrand which result in differentiating expressions that are logarithmic, inverse hyperbolic, ...
by dean.menezes
Tue May 04, 2010 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 485330

Re: Favorite math jokes

by dean.menezes
Mon May 03, 2010 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Need some understanding.
Replies: 13
Views: 1978

Re: Need some understanding.

l'Hopital's rule is a rule about what happens when you take the limit of f(x)/g(x) at some point a where f(x)->0 and g(x)->0. Actually it also works if g(x) tends to either +∞ or to -∞. To see why L'hopital's rule works, multiply both the numerator and denominator by 1/(x-a): { f(x) \over g...
by dean.menezes
Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Alternating harmonic series of primes
Replies: 1
Views: 837

Alternating harmonic series of primes

Is there a name for the sum of the alternating series of primes (i.e. 1/2 - 1/3 + 1/5 - 1/7 + 1/11 - 1/13 + ...) ?
[math]\sum_{x=1}^\infty{-1}^{1+x}/p_x \approx 0.27[/math]
by dean.menezes
Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0721: "Flatland"
Replies: 125
Views: 50041

Re: "Flatland" Discussion

For those who don't get the alt text:

circle = priest in Flatland and women = lines.
by dean.menezes
Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math in Moscow
Replies: 29
Views: 6727

Re: Math in Moscow

In Soviet Russia, math does you!
by dean.menezes
Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Hacks and Snippets
Replies: 434
Views: 782894

Look and Say Sequence

(define (digits n) (map (lambda (x) (- (char->integer x) 48)) (string->list (number->string n)))) (define (rle lst) (let loop ((retval '()) (num 1) (cur (car lst)) (lst (cdr lst))) (cond ((null? lst) (reverse (cons* cur num retval))) ((eq? (car lst) cur) (loop retval (1+ num) cur (cdr lst))) (else ...
by dean.menezes
Sat Mar 13, 2010 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Four color theorem
Replies: 82
Views: 20808

Re: Four color theorem

That can't possibly be true, as the following counterexample has been published by Gardner in Scientific American ;)

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by dean.menezes
Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Have You Been Taught Things Which Aren't True?
Replies: 97
Views: 16227

Re: Have You Been Taught Things Which Aren't True?

That there's no method for solving equations of the form n x =m exactly where n and m are known. I think this was because the teacher didn't want us tapping that log button instead of approximating them using that method which is apparently called the bracketing method. You mean a binary search: Ex...
by dean.menezes
Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What is this song (Classical)
Replies: 0
Views: 768

What is this song (Classical)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYJKUiSHCR0

What is the name of the song that he is sing before Napoleon shows up? (Chant du depart is the song he is singing later).
by dean.menezes
Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Interesting Infinite Radical Formula
Replies: 8
Views: 1385

Interesting Infinite Radical Formula

\sqrt{1 + x\sqrt{1 + (x+1)\sqrt{1 + (x+2)\sqrt{1 + \ldots}}}} = x + 1 Proof by induction: This theorem is clearly true for x = 0: \sqrt 1 = 1 Assuming the theorem is proven for x, proving for x+1: f(x) = \sqrt{1 + x\sqrt{1 + (x+1)\sqrt{1 + (x+2)\sqrt{1 + \ldo...
by dean.menezes
Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0703: "Honor Societies"
Replies: 234
Views: 58797

Re: Honor Societies

If you school has two different honor societies and you're in both does that make you twice as honorable? And then you can write on your university application about how you're honorable like Brutus and they should admit you instead of all the other dishonorable people. Long cat is long, and tautolo...
by dean.menezes
Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 485330

Re: Favorite math jokes

Improving Ludolph van Ceulen 's tombstone: 3.141 5926 5358 9793 BURMA SHAVE (sort of fits the meter) Henri Poincaré, once grew suspicious and started to weigh the bread loaves he was getting at the bakery. Indeed, he discovered that the average weight was 900 grammes (rather than 1 kg, as required)....
by dean.menezes
Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Recurrence by induction and Fermat
Replies: 5
Views: 1621

Re: Recurrence by induction and Fermat

TNorthover wrote:Amateur. I got an e-mail recently from someone who'd proved both fermat and the 4 colour theorem. Just doing one of them won't cut it any more.

They're both trivial...
by dean.menezes
Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 37134

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

Arancaytar wrote:After countless
Engineers
Spend trillions over
Fifty years
A modern Babel
Disappears
Because some fuck brought
Pruning shears

BURMA SHAVE.

So who else thought it?

I did.
by dean.menezes
Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0664: "Academia vs. Business"
Replies: 121
Views: 46499

Re: "Academia vs. Business" Discussion

Academia: My goodness, this dramatically decreases the time to compute the answer-- but you didn't do it recursively (the slower way with more application overhead, yet an assignment requirement) -- sorry it doesn't count. Unfortunately, most of this particular Computer Science program was a bunch ...
by dean.menezes
Sun Nov 15, 2009 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 485330

Re: Favorite math jokes

What's the difference between a mathematician and a large pizza? The large pizza isn't insane.
by dean.menezes
Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: New initiate into the grand order
Replies: 18
Views: 2650

Re: New initiate into the grand order

Magilla wrote:Welcome!
Also, if you get emacs, you'll have to get a text editor to run in it. Try "vim" for that... :twisted:

Do people actually run vi in an emacs term buffer?
by dean.menezes
Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Right vs Left
Replies: 33
Views: 7912

Re: Right vs Left

Cynical Idealist wrote:Meteorswarm clearly got it too: "I find myself more dextrous with my right."

I can see that you are more dexterous with your right hand, as you left out the e from dexterous, and e is on the left side of the keyboard.
by dean.menezes
Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Comic Sans
Replies: 57
Views: 22403

Re: Comic Sans

Thanks to GNU/Linux, I am immune to the Comic Sans.

For Windows users:

Code: Select all

DEL C:\WINDOWS\FONTS\COMIC*.TTF
by dean.menezes
Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd Geocities Site Redesign
Replies: 150
Views: 83241

Re: Geocities redesign discussion

<SCRIPT LANGUAGE='SCHEME'>(define (eval exp env) (cond ((self-evaluating? exp) exp) ((variable? exp) (lookup-variable-value exp env)) ((quoted? exp) (text-of-quotation exp)) ((assignment? exp) (eval-assignment exp env)) ((definition? exp) (eval-definition exp env)) ((if? exp) (eval-if exp env)) ((l...
by dean.menezes
Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hilarious use for bad computer translations
Replies: 119
Views: 15791

Re: Hilarious use for bad computer translations

"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven" becomes We simply hand man, the man in the air, he is a wealthy country in the camel. http://www.translationparty.com/#4910402 "I have discovered a truly marvellous proof of...

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